Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Boise Police Arrest Man for Unlawfully Arresting Others

07-14-10 Boise Police Arrest Man for Unlawfully Arresting Others

  Boise, July 14, 2010 - Boise Police arrested a Garden City man this afternoon after he allegedly told a woman he was a law enforcement officer and took her to the Ada County Jail where she turned herself in on an outstanding warrant.

  Arrested: Ryan B. Hamilton, 25, 2010
  Charge: Unlawful exercise of functions of peace officers, ISC 18-711

  What Happened: Boise Police received a call from a woman on June 25, 2010 reporting she had been forced to go to the Ada County jail by a man claiming to be a law enforcement officer. The woman, who did have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for her arrest, told officers a man showed up at her home in west Boise the evening of June 24th wearing a gun and kevlar vest like police officers wear and identified himself as being with the "Boise Sheriff's". She says the man told her she was under arrest for the outstanding warrant. The woman told officers she told the man she did not want to go because she did not see any official identification. She also saw a vehicle painted black and white like a patrol car but without any other police markings and questioned it's authenticity. She says the suspect then handcuffed her, put her in the car and drove her to the county jail where she turned herself in and soon bonded out. She returned home and called police the following day.

  Boise Police investigated and this afternoon, served a search warrant on the suspect's Garden City home. He was arrested on the above charges. Officers believe the suspect found the woman by viewing warrant information posted for the public on the Ada County Sheriff's Office web site. Officers have found the suspect is neither a police officer not a bounty hunter.

  "Lawmakers made this crime a felony because the real victims are citizens, this crime violates the public trust," said Boise Police Spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.

  "For the safety and security of our community, citizens have to have trust in the authority of police officers. When someone violates that trust, it's taken very seriously." said Hightower.

  Investigating officers say they have information the suspect may have "arrested" others prior to being reported. If anyone has further information on this case, they're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log onto, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

 Idaho State Code:  18-711.Unlawful exercise of functions of peace officers -- Unlawful importation of police officers -- Suppression of violence -- Exceptions.
1. Any person who shall in this state unlawfully exercise or attempt to exercise the functions of, or hold himself out to any one as, a deputy sheriff, marshal, policeman, constable or peace officer, or any person, whether acting in his own behalf or as an officer of the law, or as the authorized or unauthorized agent or representative of another, or of any association, corporation or company, who shall bring or cause to be brought, or aid in bringing into this state any armed or unarmed police force or detective agency or force, or any armed or unarmed body of men for the suppression of domestic violence, shall be guilty of a felony, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than two (2) years and not more than five (5) years: provided, that the legislature, or the executive when the legislature can not be convened, may call upon the lawfully constituted authorities of the United States for the protection against invasion and domestic violence, as provided in section 4 of article 4 of the Constitution of the United States.
2.  This section shall not apply to a law enforcement officer who pursuant to an interlocal cooperation plan upon receiving an emergency request from an Idaho law enforcement officer enters Idaho to give assistance; nor shall this section apply to the Idaho law enforcement officer who makes a request for emergency assistance.